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Rebuilding health posts

Monday, February 15th, 2016
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The first of the nearly 400 health facilities damaged by the devastating earthquake last year has been restored in Ramche village of Rasuwa district.

Karuna Foundation Nepal, an NGO supported by Dutch charity organisations, handed over the newly-built prefabricated facility to the Ministry of Health by organising an event this week in Ramche.

Mahendra Shrestha, chief of the Planning Division at the Ministry, said the Ramche post was the first earthquake-damaged health facility to be restored.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015 had destroyed around 400 health facilities in 14 districts of central Nepal. In Rasuwa, 11 health facilities were completely destroyed and 3 were partially damaged. Karuna Foundation, with support of the Netherlands-based Ham Foundation Mierlo and Reach Out, is in the process of building prefabricated structures for all the 11 earthquake-damaged health posts in Rasuwa. It is also repairing the three partially-damaged health posts.

“Various charity organisations have come forward to help us rebuild as many as 250 health posts,” said Shrestha. “The Ramche health post became the first one to be rebuilt.”

The Foundation’s Country Director, Deepak Raj Sapkota, told Nepali Times that the earthquake-damaged health post of Dhunche has also been rebuilt and will be given over to the government within a few weeks. Building one prefabricated health post, including a ramp for disabled persons, costs approximately Rs 4.5 million.

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One Response to “Rebuilding health posts”

  1. Shyam Jha on Says:

    The country should involve the private sector and international INGOs to assist in the rebuilding of earthquake damage structures and not totally rely on the Government to relieve the sufferings of the people. If the Government is involved then it will be a disaster like the one facing now with ineptness, corruption, delays. INGOs will be do great job and it is free not like taking World Bank loans which has to be repaid. However, an environment in the country should be created such that INGOs can work without efficiently and effectively. If the Government is involved then the country will go the drains like now.

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